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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, left, celebrate his touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)

Patterson: Grading the Seahawks’ 2022 season

Offseason moves signaled a rebuild, but journeyman QB Geno Smith emerged as a star and led a young Seattle squad to a stunning run to the playoffs.

 

Silvertips’ Kaden Hammell (47) sends the puck during a game between the Silvertips and Kamloops Blazers at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. The Silvertips fell to the Kamloops, 3-6. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Patterson: Tips still have plenty to play for this season

Despite being sellers at the deadline, Everett has a shot at earning home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

 

Everett Silvertips’ Olen Zellweger breaks away with the puck during the game against the Seattle Thunderbirds at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Patterson: Should the Silvertips be sellers?

As the second half of the WHL season begins, Everett has a decision to make with the trade deadline looming.

 

Lake Stevens quarterback Kolton Matson drops back to pass against Kennedy Catholic in the WIAA 4A State Football Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Patterson: QB Matson ‘had that dawg in him’ during Lake Stevens’ state title win

The sophomore quarterback’s growth since last year’s championship loss was the biggest difference for the Vikings on offense this time around.

Lake Stevens quarterback Kolton Matson drops back to pass against Kennedy Catholic in the WIAA 4A State Football Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Advance tickets for the World Series were sent to Seattle Mariners season-ticket holders in 1995. (Nick Patterson / The Herald)

Patterson: As this World Series begins, M’s have hope again

Just like in 1995, Mariners fans can dream of soon playing on the biggest stage in baseball.

Advance tickets for the World Series were sent to Seattle Mariners season-ticket holders in 1995. (Nick Patterson / The Herald)
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Everett's Kyle Beach during a November game against the Portland Winterhawks.
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Patterson: Biggest trade in Tips history is a wrap at last

Looking at the final results of the huge Kyle Beach deal that happened in 2009 and had lingering effects.

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Everett's Kyle Beach during a November game against the Portland Winterhawks.
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The AquaSox have the bases load in the first inning against the Vancouver Canadians Tuesday evening at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett June 29th, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Patterson: AquaSox’s facilities need major upgrade

Funko Field’s facilities aren’t up to MLB’s standards, so Everett’s time as a partner with the ESD will likely have to end.

The AquaSox have the bases load in the first inning against the Vancouver Canadians Tuesday evening at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett June 29th, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) prepares to throw a pass under pressure from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams (54) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Patterson: 8th annual non-predictions for the Seahawks’ season

A look at what won’t happen from the world’s worst sports prognosticator.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) prepares to throw a pass under pressure from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams (54) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Doug Sinclair, left, and Garry Ryhorchuk at Silvertips training camp on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Meet the scouts who have been Silvertips since the beginning

As Everett embarks upon its 20th season, Doug Sinclair and Garry Ryhorchuk have been along for the entire ride.

Doug Sinclair, left, and Garry Ryhorchuk at Silvertips training camp on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Herald sports reporter Nick Patterson puts up a yellow tile to indicate runs scored in the current half inning on Saturday, July 23, 2022, inside the outfield scoreboard at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Hit? Error? A stressful, but fun, evening at the ballpark

Herald writer Nick Patterson recently spent a night running the manual scoreboard during an AquaSox game at Funko Field.

Everett Herald sports reporter Nick Patterson puts up a yellow tile to indicate runs scored in the current half inning on Saturday, July 23, 2022, inside the outfield scoreboard at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand plays against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Patterson: In trade for Bjorkstrand, Kraken add WHL legend

The 27-year-old forward tormented the Silvertips, and the rest of the WHL, during his stellar junior career.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand plays against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Max Patkin, the Clown Prince of Baseball, visits Everett Memorial Stadium. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

A look into the past: Old Herald photos give glimpse of sports history

Herald writer Nick Patterson’s trip to the Snohomish County Sports Commission was a chance to step into a time machine.

Max Patkin, the Clown Prince of Baseball, visits Everett Memorial Stadium. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett poses with a soccer ball in front of the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C.. (Provided photo)

How Rep. Rick Larsen helped Seattle secure its 2026 World Cup bid

The longtime congressman isn’t solely responsible, but he played a small role in bringing the event to the Pacific Northwest.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett poses with a soccer ball in front of the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C.. (Provided photo)
Rochester Red Wings pitcher Alex Meyer (32) looks in for a signal as a 20-second pitch clock is used for the Triple-A baseball opener between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Patterson: Don’t blink, pitch clock has huge impact on games

Two months into the season it’s time to check how new rules are effecting minor-league play — and the results are staggering.

Rochester Red Wings pitcher Alex Meyer (32) looks in for a signal as a 20-second pitch clock is used for the Triple-A baseball opener between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
The Everett Silvertips’ Michal Gut gets the puck to the goal crease against the Vancouver Giants during the first round of the WHL playoffs Friday, April 22, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Patterson: What went wrong for Silvertips in playoffs?

Taking a closer look at how Everett suffered the biggest playoff upset in WHL history.

The Everett Silvertips’ Michal Gut gets the puck to the goal crease against the Vancouver Giants during the first round of the WHL playoffs Friday, April 22, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Taniela Tupou, an Archbishop Murphy High School graduate, plays for the Seattle Seawolves professional rugby team during a game against the Hartford Harpooners. (Seattle Seawolves)

Archbishop Murphy alum makes journey from NFL to pro rugby

Taniela Tupou — the Marysville native, not his famous rugby-playing namesake — is now a member of the Seattle Seawolves.

Taniela Tupou, an Archbishop Murphy High School graduate, plays for the Seattle Seawolves professional rugby team during a game against the Hartford Harpooners. (Seattle Seawolves)
Everett's Alex Swetlikoff against the Portland Winterhawks Saturday evening at the Angel of the Winds Arena on January 1, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Silvertips have much to consider at impending trade deadline

In a normal year Everett would be considered a buyer, but this is anything but a normal year.

Everett's Alex Swetlikoff against the Portland Winterhawks Saturday evening at the Angel of the Winds Arena on January 1, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)

Local-led effort trying to make pickleball official state sport

A bill put forward by Sen. John Lovick of Mill Creek seeks to recognize and aid the rapidly growing sport.

Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)
Lake Stevens' Kolton Matson halts his scramble with Graham Kapowsin's Jalen Davenport closing during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Patterson: Future is bright for Lake Stevens despite title game loss

The Vikings suffered a humbling loss, but many players will be back from their talented squad.

Lake Stevens' Kolton Matson halts his scramble with Graham Kapowsin's Jalen Davenport closing during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Everett Silvertips players huddle together during a game against Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kristin Ostrowski/Everett Silvertips)

Patterson: Tips appear to be legit contenders in top-heavy WHL

Everett proved itself in a tight 3-2 loss to Kamloops, but a few moves could help shore things up.

Everett Silvertips players huddle together during a game against Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kristin Ostrowski/Everett Silvertips)